Earlier today Misako Boxing Gym announced that former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (22-3-2, 15) [勅使河原 弘晶] had chosen to retire from professional boxing, ending his career at the age of 31.
The heavy handed and exciting "Teshi", turned professional in 2011 under the guidance of Koichi Wajima, and crafted a really solid career for himself. Despite never being a huge star outside of Japan, he managed to create a cult following at home, whilst notching notable wins over the likes of Keita Kurihara, Jetro Oabustan, Jason Canoy, Teiru Kinoshita, Shohei Omori and Shingo Kawamura. As with many fighters in East Japan he really made his home at Korakuen Hall and fought his first 26 fights at the "Holyland" of Japanese boxing.
Sadly however Teshigawara is best known outside of Japan for his final bout, which came last December in Carson California, in an IBF world title eliminator against Marlon Tapales, who stopped him in 2 rounds. That loss appears set to be etched in history as the final bout for Teshigwara.
According to sources in Japan Teshigawara had stated, after his 2016 loss to Ryo Akaho, that if he suffered another loss he was going to retire. Following that loss he went on an excellent run, going 10-0 (9), before running into Tapales, and suffering a loss. Keeping his promise to himself, that was the end.
Despite the fact his career is now over, Teshigawara stated that he had no regrets, and will focus on using what he learned in boxing to help in society. He also thanked Koichi Wajima, who he described as a "lifesaver" and someone who gave him an opportunity to turn his life around, and Takashi Misako, of Misako Gym, as well as fans.
As huge fans of Teshigawara, and his exciting style, and fun bouts, we are sad to see this be the end of his career, but we are glad we got to full so much of it, and enjoy some amazing bouts featuring him.
Earlier today fight fans in Japan had a pretty notable show, featuring the debut of a rare Japanese Heavyweight hopeful, and a bout featuring a former world champion.
The first of the two notable bouts saw former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (26-2-3, 16) [宮崎 亮] take an 8n round unanimous decision win over Takumi Sakae (22-5-1, 16) [榮拓海], in a bout where the sponsors of the event put up a KO bonus of 1,000,000 yen, if Miyazaki could stop his foe. A Unfortunately for Miyazaki, the sponsor got to keep his money, though Miyazaki did get a much needed work out.
From the off Miyazaki looked the bigger, stronger better fighter, and used good pessure and good single shots, though Sakae certainly came to win, and had success with body shots through the bout. Although Sakae had moments he was out boxed, and unable to force Miyazaki to respect him, especially in the later stages. Despite that Miyazaki never came close to the stoppage. Instead he had to accept the decision on the cards with scores of 77-75, twice, and 78-74.
Notably after the bout Miyazaki explained he was not in great shape, and had struggled to make weight. Interestingly it's not the first weight has been an issue for Miyazaki, who really does need to take that part of his career more seriously, especially given we now know he will be back in the ring on August 14th.
The other notable bout was the, brief, debut of Brandon Mitsuro Tajima (1-0, 1) [但馬ブランドン ミツロ] who needed just 56 seconds to stop Korean visitor Sang Ho Kim (8-4-1, 2). Tajima really was just the boss from the off, hurting Kim with a body shot and forcing the referee to step in very, very early in the bout, whilst fulfilling his promise that he would need less than 3 minutes to score the finish. Notably Kim did suggest the stoppage was early, whilst speaking to the press after the fight, but in reality he never got going, and had been hurt prior to the stoppage.
Tajima is now expected to return on August 14th on a staked card from Koki Kameda, and is expected to compete in a title fight. If he was to win he would set a Japanese record for the fewest fights to a title, with talk being it could be a Japanese title fight against an foreign, but eligible, fighter, something that's allowed as long as the fighter competes within the OPBF region. Fingers crossed that is a more meaningful bout than this one was.
Earlier today the Ohashi Gym announced the main event of their July 12th Phoenix Battle show, "Phoenix Battle 90", as well some of the under-card fights on the show.
The main event will see Japanese 154lb champion Makoto Kawasaki (13-8-1, 2) [川崎真琴] make his first defense, after winning the title earlier this month. The 37 year old veteran will be facing off with Ryosuke Maruki (18-7-1, 13) [丸木凌介], who is set to get his second shot at the title.
Kawsaki's title win, which came on April 2nd when he beat Koki Koshikawa, saw the veteran score the biggest win of his career, by far though he certainly didn't look incredible in the win and the feeling is that his reign could be short one. As for Maruki, the exciting challenger has previously come up short in a great bout with Nobuyuki Shindo, and was also stopped in a bout for the interim title against Akinori Watanabe. Given the styles of the two men, and their man flaws, it's hard to not anticipate a thrilling action bout here.
Another bout that was announced for this card will see Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0-1, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] take on Toma Kondo (8-7-1, 1) [近藤 冬真] in a scheduled 8 rounder.
Also on the card will be former OPBF Bantamweight champion Kazuki Nakajima (11-1-1, 9 ) [中嶋 一輝], talented Flyweight Taku Kuwahara (9-1, 5) [桑原 拓], promising Lightweight Katsuya Yasuda (8-1, 5) [保田克也] as well as the debut of promising former amateur standout Yuya Tanaka (0-0) [田中湧也]. At the time of writing, none of these three have had their opponents for their bouts named.
Earlier today Misako Gym announced that OPBF Light Welterweight champion Koichi Aso (25-9-1, 16) [麻生 興一] would be making his first defense of the title on June 14th at Korakuen Hall, as he takes on Akihiro Kondo (33-10-2, 18) [近藤 明広], in a clash between two highly experienced fighters.
Aso won the title last year, when he scored a huge upset win over Rikki Naito (25-3, 8) [内藤 律樹], ending Naito's reign as the OPBF champion. That win saw Aso scoring one of, if not the, biggest win of his career despite being 35 years old. Despite that win it's hard to know what the well-respected, and always entertaining, warrior has left in the tank.
Kondo on the other hand, now aged 37, is looking to add one more title to a collection that already includes the Japanese Lightweight title and the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. Despite his success at home, he is best known, internationally, for his 2017 bout against Sergey Lipinets. Since then, he has gone 4-3-1 and another loss here will likely spell the end of his career.
This bout will serve as the chief support bout on a card that is set to be headlined by Lightweight champion Shu Utsuki (10-0, 8) [宇津木秀] defending his title against Izuki Tomioka (7-5-1, 2) [富岡 樹].
By: Sanman Boxing
The ninth episode of Sanman’s Bubble Series live up to expectations by delivering exciting match-ups. In the main event Former WBO Asia Pacific Youth Light Flyweight champion and world title contender Vince Paras (16-2) engaged WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight Champion and world title contender Robert Paradero (18-2) in a toe to toe slug and tactical fight. Paradero started aggressively but Paras countered beautifully while maintaining patience and superb defense. In the later part it was Paras who was the aggressor and Paradero came close to being stopped but his granite chin and solid body refused to go down. Paradero had his turn landing powershots on Paras but it was the latter who was controlling the ring. In the end the judges ruled it a draw.
In the undercard, former world champion Jhack Tepora easily disposed Richard Betos in two rounds. Tepora showed everyone that he still packs the power needed to destroy opponents.
Former world title contender Jayson Mama is back in winning form as he dominated Ramel Antaran winning via unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 80-72, 80-72 and 79-72 all in favor of Mama.
In the other featured bouts, Kenny Demecillo stopped Macrea Gadionco in the second round. Ian Sampan knocked out Rey Ramons in the third round. Alex Santisima halted Carlito Antaran in the second standa . Jastine Darap finished Nicong Calampa in the opening bell. While in the curtain raiser, Jerson Arigola hands Gabriel Tapales his first defeat via majority decision.
Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil was happy about the result of the event. “Paras versus Paradero was a classic and brutal fight. The rest of the fights were just as entertaining. I hope the fans all had a great time”, Manangquil stated.
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